After a great 3-1 start to the season, the Panthers continued into the 2nd quarter of the season with wild 4th quarters and a strong defense. Here’s how it all went down:
Vikings 16 – Panthers 13
The Minnesota Vikings came into the game ready to give the Panthers a taste of their own medicine with dynamic play makers all over the offense and solid defensive play. On the Panthers side of the ball it was an uneventful day through the air and running the ball. With almost 30 rushing attempts amongst 4 runners, the Panthers amassed only 68 yards on the ground. The Panthers relied heavily on their defense and special teams to stay in this one, even up until the last few seconds of the game where head coach Jesse Hinson called a fake field goal in attempt to win the game, only to see RT Daryl Williams drop the ball in the end zone.
Panthers 20 – Saints 27
Although the Panthers had another solid defensive outing with 5 sacks and 2 turnovers, they allowed the most points they had all season. The Saints carried out a great game plan of ball control. After a demoralizing late 4th quarter kick-off return by the Saints, the Panthers found themselves in a 13-27 hole with less than 2 minutes left that proved too much to overcome.
Panthers 34 – Packers 28
The Panthers headed to Lambeau field energetic after dropping two winnable games back to back. Head coach Jesse Hinson called for a statement game in a team meeting earlier in the week and the team delivered. Emmanuel Ogbah had his best game of the season with 4 sacks and a pick 6 that led to him being the defensive player of the week. Cam Newton threw 2 touchdowns through the air and Christian McCaffrey made plays on the ground and in the passing game. This was just the game the Panthers needed after back to back maddening losses.
Though the Panthers had a bye week at the trade deadline, the Panthers stayed put on the current roster. Head Coach Jesse Hinson feels he has the roster that allows them to close out the 2nd half of the season in imposing manner. If the defense can continue their ways long enough for the offense to find their way, this is a playoff team.
Panthers upcoming schedule: at ATL, vs TB, vs CHI, at TB